In early September, Jess Lanier High’s star linebacker LaDarius Owens gave his verbal commitment to join Gene Chizik’s 2010 signing class at Auburn.
With family ties to the Tiger program, the Bessemer, Ala. native had long been pegged as a lean to the home state program.
Since his decision, Owens said that a number of programs backed away from recruiting him.
A few teams did not, however, and now the No. 20 ranked outside linebacker said that he plans on making visits to those schools at some point over the coming months.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis caught up with Owens on Wednesday, and one of the things discussed was the timing of the four-star prospect’s visit to the LSU campus.
“Coach Chavis told me that I should come in town after my season and LSU’s season is over,” Owens said. “He told me that he wants to be able to get time to hang out with me one-on-one when I visit, and the best time for us to do that would be after the game preparations for both our teams is complete.
“I know LSU will be in a bowl game, so he said that we would plan around the stuff that they have to do to prepare for that. I know that no matter what I want to come, because that is one visit that I have wanted to make an official for since my recruitment began.”
While Owens said that he once saw LSU as one of his favorites, the recent contact with Chavis and the Tiger staff has sparked his interest once more.
“I watch what LSU has done so far this year, and I am really impressed,” he said. “I know coach Chavis did big things at Tennessee, and now he has got LSU going back to the kind of defenses they have had in the past.”
At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Owens has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and others.
If he were to look elsewhere from his current commitment, Owens said his switch would only happen with a select few teams.
“With the way things have gone down, LSU, Tennessee, and Clemson are three schools that I might visit to see and hear more about,” he said. “I want to go to campus and spend time with some different staffs, so these visits will be a good opportunity for that.
“Right now, I am really happy with Auburn. After I take these couple trips, I will know if I want to go anywhere else. That is pretty much where I am at now.”